Python is just as good as C++ for real apps
jason at jorendorff.com
Wed Jan 23 22:41:39 CET 2002
Greg Weeks wrote:
> In C programming, given some particular conceptual data type, you will
> often find in the code both a structure type and a
> pointer-to-structure type. As you read the code, you will find
> the pointer-to-structure type actually being used. The *only* need
> for the structure type is to allocate objects on the execution stack
> rather than on the heap.
That's not true. The structure type is also used in arrays and in
other structures, whether on the stack or not.
> Bjarne could not forego that one performance optimization.
> (C++ had to be as fast as C.) Consequently C++ has the complexity
> having of two types where conceptually only one is needed.
I think this is, at least, a misunderstanding of Bjarne Stroustrup's
point of view. Stroustrup sees support for "concrete types" - that is,
classes with value semantics, not intended to be subclassed - as an
important feature of C++. In the 3rd edition of TC++PL he talks
about them in some detail.
## Jason Orendorff http://www.jorendorff.com/
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